Green Party candidate for Worcester pledges to take on Tories

Louis Stephen: The Green Party's 2015 general election candidate

Louis Stephen: The Green Party's 2015 general election candidate

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

WORCESTER Green Party has selected its candidate for the 2015 General Election - and insists it intends to push Robin Walker all the way.

Louis Stephen, one of the branch’s most influential figures, has been confirmed as the man to take on the city’s current Tory MP.

The selection of the 47-year-old, who lives in Bath Road, comes at a time when the Greens are enjoying record levels of popularity in the city.

It now has two politicians at Worcestershire County Council for the first time ever following last summer’s elections, and one city councillor in Neil Laurenson.

The Green vote is also expected to be a crucial factor in whether Mr Walker retains Worcester or loses to Labour’s Joy Squires.

Mr Walker has a tiny 2,982 majority and a swing of just three per cent is required for Councillor Squires to take it from him.

Mr Stephen, 47, a father-of-two said: “Many people in Worcester have lost patience with the old party politics - they don't like confrontational point scoring.

“People often say to me that all the politicians and parties seem the same these days.

“I am standing at the next election to show that positive campaigning is possible and also to offer a real alternative to Labour and the Conservatives and their outriders, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

“With no ties to big business or other vested interests, the Green Party is the only party that will fight for a fairer world.”

He said maintaining public transport, giving cycling and walking a higher priority and creating more energy efficient housing are key policies.

Mr Stephen, an engineering graduate who works in management, will be looking for a far better result than in the 2010 General Election, when he got just 735 votes and finished sixth.

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This time around, with the political landscape very different, he is expected to take some votes off the Conservatives and Labour.

Mr Walker said: “Louis is a lovely guy and someone I like and respect from the last campaign.

“The Greens do have an agenda and I suspect many people don’t realise how left wing they actually are.”

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5:00pm Mon 13 Jan 14

bmoc55 says...

Well the choice is easy. There is the looney left combo of Labour Joy Squires ( all women's list) and Louis Stephen from the "nutty party".

Easy vote for Robin Walker.
Well the choice is easy. There is the looney left combo of Labour Joy Squires ( all women's list) and Louis Stephen from the "nutty party". Easy vote for Robin Walker. bmoc55
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5:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

i-cycle says...

bmoc55 wrote:
Well the choice is easy. There is the looney left combo of Labour Joy Squires ( all women's list) and Louis Stephen from the "nutty party".

Easy vote for Robin Walker.
Not if UKIP and the looney right have anything to do with it?

To be serious, the most important thing is that everyone uses their vote to vote for the party that best reflects their views and priorities.
[quote][p][bold]bmoc55[/bold] wrote: Well the choice is easy. There is the looney left combo of Labour Joy Squires ( all women's list) and Louis Stephen from the "nutty party". Easy vote for Robin Walker.[/p][/quote]Not if UKIP and the looney right have anything to do with it? To be serious, the most important thing is that everyone uses their vote to vote for the party that best reflects their views and priorities. i-cycle
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8:39pm Mon 13 Jan 14

anarchist says...

Actually, a good Green Party candidate is good for Robin Walker's prospects.

The Green Party is even more left wing than Labour, which means that they will take far more votes off Squires than they ever will off Robin.

This will hence offset the impact of UKIP on the Conservative vote, which would be much more likely to give the seat to Labour without this split on the left.
Actually, a good Green Party candidate is good for Robin Walker's prospects. The Green Party is even more left wing than Labour, which means that they will take far more votes off Squires than they ever will off Robin. This will hence offset the impact of UKIP on the Conservative vote, which would be much more likely to give the seat to Labour without this split on the left. anarchist
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7:55pm Tue 14 Jan 14

PrivateSi says...

We are very aware of the International 'Leftist' Green Agenda, Crap'n'Trade, Carbon Tax scam... Well aware of the exporting of problems abroad to places with weak government and low standards...

Recycling & Composting is all well and good but it hasn't exactly solved our BURGEONING WASTE MANAGEMENT problem... I see Big Business has taken over The Left in general, let alone Greenies... I see those that would COMPROMISE HUMANITY over their agenda, they're so zealous so often...

I see The Green Party owned by Nuclear, Gas, Wind (& Solar a little, in The UK)... I see INCINERATORS DEMONISED (even new, 'green' ones)... I see clean coal demonised, I see HYDRO POWER DEMONISED (quite often),,,
I SEE BIAS... and HALF-ARSED SEMI-SOLUTIONS to just a few problems...

I agree we can live with nature better, but I don't agree with 15 YEARS OF ENERGY POLICY SQUABBLING AND ERROR... Burn Rubbish... If you want to do something useful, petition for the TOP 10 LANDFILLS to be kitted out with MODERN, CLEAN BURN WASTE INCINERATORS and WATER HEATERS...
We are very aware of the International 'Leftist' Green Agenda, Crap'n'Trade, Carbon Tax scam... Well aware of the exporting of problems abroad to places with weak government and low standards... Recycling & Composting is all well and good but it hasn't exactly solved our BURGEONING WASTE MANAGEMENT problem... I see Big Business has taken over The Left in general, let alone Greenies... I see those that would COMPROMISE HUMANITY over their agenda, they're so zealous so often... I see The Green Party owned by Nuclear, Gas, Wind (& Solar a little, in The UK)... I see INCINERATORS DEMONISED (even new, 'green' ones)... I see clean coal demonised, I see HYDRO POWER DEMONISED (quite often),,, I SEE BIAS... and HALF-ARSED SEMI-SOLUTIONS to just a few problems... I agree we can live with nature better, but I don't agree with 15 YEARS OF ENERGY POLICY SQUABBLING AND ERROR... Burn Rubbish... If you want to do something useful, petition for the TOP 10 LANDFILLS to be kitted out with MODERN, CLEAN BURN WASTE INCINERATORS and WATER HEATERS... PrivateSi
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